Liz Lomax, Michael Webber, and The Texanist—a.k.a. assistant editor David Courtney.
It’s the process that sets Liz Lomax apart. The New York artist starts with a sketch, makes a clay model based on that, bakes it in a toaster oven, paints the sculpture with a mix of oils and acrylics, and shoots the finished product with a digital camera. That may seem like more trouble than it’s worth—until you see Lomax’s treatment of disgraced financier Allen Stanford (“The Dark Knight”). “I was grateful to have such a juicy assignment,” she says. “I wanted to capture the flamboyance and decadence.”
“I’ve become outspoken about clean energy because I’m passionate about the opportunity that is waiting for us,” says Michael Webber, whose column, “Green Star State” shows how Texas can become the global leader in this burgeoning industry. The associate director of the Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy, at the University of Texas at Austin, Webber has penned op-eds for every major paper in Texas, and his book Changing the Way America Thinks About Energy is out this month. “Interestingly,” the Austin native jokes, “the only people who don’t buy my pitch that Texas can and should lead the way are the Californians.”
The Texanist—a.k.a. assistant editor David Courtney
It started in the July 2007 issue with a woman who had moved out of state when she was eight and wanted to know the proper way to say where she was from. (Short answer? Texas.) Since then, the Texanist—a.k.a. assistant editor David Courtney—has offered fine advice on such topics as dipping at the office, dispatching varmints from a yard, and applying sunscreen to a buddy’s back. “The Texanist would like to see Dear Abby give those a try,” says the Temple native. See what he is tackling this issue.